TV3 has finally realised that they are behind the 8 ball and have done their best to respond to the huge success that the TVNZ app has received.
The TVNZ app remains very close to the top of the free app list (currently 3rd for iPhone) and has received great feedback!
Following the launch of the TVNZ app, I mentioned in a post that TV3 will be surely working on something to avoid losing a significant number of viewers, well they have… sort of.
TV3 has not released an app but they have done the next best thing. If you visit the TV3 ondemand website from your iOS device you can now watch the shows. Previously you couldn’t watch anything because you were notified that you need to install flash.
When you visit the site from your phone you will also notice the following message at the top
We have detected that you are using a mobile device. Please be advised that a minority of videos are unavailable to view on mobile devices due to licensing restrictions.
As far as I can tell, 90% of the shows are available to watch which is great, if you find any that are not available please comment below.
I hope that this move by TV3 means that they are working on an app as well but there has been no word. Being the first to bring out an app has worked very positiviely for TVNZ – TV3 is now playing catchup, this competition is great for the consumer. You can now watch a massive range of shows from the comfort of your own device.…Read More
I mentioned last year that TVNZ were planning to release an iPad and iPhone app for their on-demand service, well it’s here!
The app is already New Zealand’s number two free app in the app store.
First impressions, it looks great! The quality is good, in terms of resolution. the load time appears to be very quick (on my internet anyway). The clever thing is, the app automatically checks your internet connection and decides the best quality of video for you. This is also a bummer because you can’t chose a higher or a lower quality like on the website, you just have to deal with what you’re given……Read More
TheInsider app is a locally developed iPhone app which is doing its best to make life easier for Wellingtonians and Aucklanders.
There’s a handful of other apps out there that give you a list of deals around your local area but not like The Insider. The app is a very easy to use place to find happy hours, 2 for 1 deals and other specials for your local restaurants and bars.
The app was developed by Jacob Duncan and Niko Croskery, both have full time jobs so the app was an ‘after hours’ project taking just 9 months. The two attended Tauranga Boys College together before Niko headed to Wellington to study Law and Jacob took on the mighty Dunedin to study Software Engineering. TheInsider app is the first venture from their company, Wiretapp Labs Limited.
The app was first available in Wellington last year and is now live in Auckland. However there are plans to move……Read More
If you hadn’t noticed already, the New Zealand developed app ‘The Blockheads’ has been flying up towards the top of the app store charts in the last few weeks.
The Blockheads is the latest game from New Zealand developer David Frampton. In the past he has developed the very successful ‘Chopper‘ and BlockHeads is looking like it will also be a huge success. At one point, Chopper was rumoured to be earning Frampton around $4500 a day. The Blockheads has been downloaded over 2 million times……Read More
Want a new Apple iPhone, iPod or iPad but cant afford it? The Apple online store is having a sale!
Starting tomorrow (Friday) at 4:01 am New Zealand time, the store will have all sorts of discounts across all product lines.
This annual sale happens the day after ‘Thanksgiving’ (Black Friday) and many people take this opportunity to purchase new devices. Apple very rarely lowers the prices of their products, so I recommend getting in on the bargains……Read More
GoPro has been the coolest camera around for capturing your outdoor activities for a while now. It just got cooler, you can now operate your GoPro via your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Just when you were thinking that GoPro couldn’t get any cooler, they brought out an app!
The core idea behind the GoPro camera is that it can take great footage wherever and whenever, this app reinforces this idea.
So to get this app to work you need to have the WiFi BacPac accessory which links your camera to the app, and away you go. The app is free and it gives you free control over your camera.
The app allows you to change any of the settings on your GoPro camera and it doubles as a view finder/preview, which is awesome for lining up those perfect pics.
Another cool thing about the app is that it gives you access to the photo of the day and the video of the day catalogs. So if your out and need some inspiration for your picture or video, its right there.
The only down side with this app is that it will not work with the original Hero HD GoPro, you need the Hero2 camera.
For you GoPro users this app will be a great accessory, capturing that perfect shot just became a lot easier and so much more fun.Read More
Alright, so, here we go.
This is the live blog for Apple’s Sept. 12th Media Event.
Please excuse any lack of creativity. I’m tired. And so are my cats. They’re fighting.
Still awake. All showered up, snug in my onesie, wrapped in my blanket. This bowl of cereal is so good. So are these V’s. And this Berocca.
USTREAM consists of a music playlist, so far. I just heard Gangnam Style. Awesome.
Still waiting, with the playlist. I’m just one of 107k viewers. Exciting much?
At the moment, some country song is playing. Probably a classic. I have no idea. I seem to be stuck in some sort of “write-extremely-short-sentences” mode.
Yep, 5:00AM. We’ve started, and, as of right now, there are 127k viewers. Physical media are being allowed into the arena now, and a livestream is being searched for.
Seven-million downloads of Mountain Lion OSX. Good topic to open with, I guess. Usually start with statistics like that. Still waiting for actual coverage.
They’re talking about the iPad now, and their sales figures. 84 million to date. The iPad is 91% of all tablet web traffic. Phil Schiller says “I don’t know what these other tablets are doing! They must be in warehouses or store shelves or maybe in peoples’ bottom drawer”.
Straight into the iPhone discussion.
“Each and every year we introduce new versions with new features… each time setting the gold standard” – Phil Schiller.
“iPhone 5″ is the confirmed name for the new iPhone.
“[The iPhone 5] is made entirely of glass and aluminium. It’s designed and built to an exacting level of standard unlike anything we, or anything in our industry, have made before” – Phil Schiller
7.6mm thick – 18% thinner than before.
112 grams – 20% lighter than the 4S.
326ppi Retina display, 4-inches. 1136×640 resolution. The iPhone is the same width, but taller.
44% better colour saturation, with full sRGB rendering.
Touch is integrated into the display, so it’s thinner and sharper, with less glare in sunlight.
Wireless is now faster. Accepts 802.11 a/b/g/n networks, and is dual-channeled, up to 150Mbps.
New chip. A6 processor. 2X faster CPU and 2x graphics compared to the A5. This is 22% smaller, and more energy-efficient. Examples given are than Pages is going to launch 2.1x faster than before.
EA Games have made an appearance. Some car-racing game. There are realtime relections in the rear-view mirrors. “Yes, for the first time in Real Racing you can see behind you”.
There’s a two-player race, but it’s asynchronous. Essentially, this is multiplayer racing where both people race at different times. “Time-shifted multiplayer”, it’s called.
Camera talk. 5-element lens and f/2.4 aperture. Same as the iPhone 4S, essentially, but thinner.
Dynamic low-light mode.
There’s now a sapphire lens crystal cover – durable and clear.
New feature called “Shared Photo Streams”. We all know what that means.
Panorama is officially native, now. Simply swing the phone, and you’ll get a 28 megapixel resulting image. It automatically smooths it all out, even if you shake or wobble a bit.
Video is improved, too. 1080p like the previous, but with better video stabilisation and facial recognition.
The front-facing camera is now 720p.
Facetime now works over cellular networks.
Three microphones now – front, bottom and back. This is for voice recognition and noise cancellation.
There’s a wider spectrum for audio, now, so your voice will sound more natural and clearer. More crisp.
“The iPhone, from its start, has used the iPod’s connector”.
The connector is, indeed, new. They’re also releasing a bunch of accessories to help converting old docks.
Now they’re discussing iOS6. The info card of each destination has been partnered with Yelp, as I blogged about earlier. They’re basically showing all the new map features, now that it’s all Google-free.
Safari has a new full-screen, similar to the desktop version. You can share tabs from your desktop to your phone. “iCloud Tabs”.
The new mailbox has a VIP system, where you can mark contacts as VIP, and their mail will go directly to a separate inbox.
“How did the 49ers do last weekend?” …